Where’s Spot?

This week, our big events were two visits from Spot the dog from the books by Eric Hill. A month and a half or so ago, I got the bright idea to make Where’s Spot? (the Spot book I use in storytimes most often) into a feltboard story for these storytimes. If you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s a lift-the-flap story–the plot involves trying to find Spot in time for dinner–and it’s on the smallish side. The feltboard gives the advantage of being able to make the illustrations bigger. I also find that I play around with a story a lot more if I’m using the feltboard. Anyway, this was my first attempt at making lift-the-flap felt pieces. I decided to make them 25% larger than they are in the book, which worked out very well. Here are all the pieces with the flaps closed:

All the Pieces

And now here are some close-ups.

Is Spot in the closet?

Is he in the closet?


Is Spot in the cupboard under the stairs?

Is he in the cupboard under the stairs?


Is Spot in the orange box?

Is he in the box?


Is Spot in the basket?

There's Spot!


Coincidentally, Jules over at 7-Imp was making a feltboard story at the same time I was (a far more complicated one!) for a storytime on the exact same day I would be doing my first Spot storytime, and so it was fun talking with her and sharing pictures and talking shop and everything. I’m still feeling all inspired and like I want to make another new feltboard story…

9 thoughts on “Where’s Spot?

  1. Now why didn’t I think of that? This is a wonderful idea for a flannel board. You should try #flannelfriday on twitter! It’s amazing the ideas that fly!

  2. I had no idea about Flannel Friday! Thanks for cluing me in. Feltboard stories work so well with the larger and young-ish audiences we tend to get. Good ideas are always welcome.

  3. This is great! The cupboard under the stairs will always make me think of HP.

    It’s time to gear up to make another felt-board story. Then again, that’s what I said when I saw Jules’s felt-board story. It’s time for me to stop spouting hot air and get out the scissors.

  4. Jason, I’m a little worried about copyright posting that in a forum like this or YouTube.

    Farida, I went through some years of not making new feltboard stories, and I really forgot how much fun it is.

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